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    Default SSD on GA-P55A-UD3

    Hi all,
    i receive an 850 evo 500Gb and i want to install it on my GA-P55A-UD3 to change my HDD.
    I'm not comfortable with technical terms so ill try to explain in easy mode some question :)

    - In which SATA port i need to connect to obtain better performance?
    (I read that the Mb has sata 3gb and sara 6gb port)

    - I need only to allow AHCI mode to recognize it?

    - Which other steps i need to follow?

    My GA-P55A-UD3 it's still intact ...no bios upgrade or other (BIOS F11)
    My SO it's windows 7 64bit

    thanks
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    Default Re: SSD on GA-P55A-UD3

    no one can help me?

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    Default Re: SSD on GA-P55A-UD3

    Welcome to the forum.

    Your best ssd performance will probably be with the native Intel 3GB/s sata2 ports and you should connect your ssd to the sata2_0 port.

    The GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7 (Marvell) 6GB/s ports might not be as reliable as the Intel ports.
    Page 7 in your motherboard user manual has a diagram that shows the location of the sata ports.

    You should be able to copy/clone your current operating system to the ssd using Macrium Reflect freeware.

    The specifications for your motherboard:

    Code:
    Chipset:
    
        6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
        Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10 
    
    Marvell 9128 chip:
    
        2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
        Support for SATA RAID 0 and RAID 1 
    
    * SATA3 RAID 0 4x and SATA3 2x performance are maximum theoretical values. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
    * SATA3 SSDs are not recommended for use in RAID 0 mode on Marvell SE9128 ports.
    I have ssd's in my P35 and P45 systems using the Intel sata2 ports with excellent performance, and the real world performance is much better than using a hard drive for the operating system. I have two new 250GB ssd's that will installed in a raid0 configuration in my EP45-UD3P system in several days. Even though the the raid0 performance will be about twice as high, I don't expect the raid0 performance to be noticeably better except when I'm doing intensive photo manipulation.

    Raid0 benchmark using 2 x 250GB Crucial BX100 ssd's:





    Single BX100 250GB benchmark as a secondary data disk:
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
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    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
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    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
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    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    Your best ssd performance will probably be with the native Intel 3GB/s sata2 ports and you should connect your ssd to the sata2_0 port.

    The GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7 (Marvell) 6GB/s ports might not be as reliable as the Intel ports.
    Page 7 in your motherboard user manual has a diagram that shows the location of the sata ports.

    You should be able to copy/clone your current operating system to the ssd using Macrium Reflect freeware.

    The specifications for your motherboard:

    Code:
    Chipset:
    
        6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
        Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10 
    
    Marvell 9128 chip:
    
        2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
        Support for SATA RAID 0 and RAID 1 
    
    * SATA3 RAID 0 4x and SATA3 2x performance are maximum theoretical values. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
    * SATA3 SSDs are not recommended for use in RAID 0 mode on Marvell SE9128 ports.
    I have ssd's in my P35 and P45 systems using the Intel sata2 ports with excellent performance, and the real world performance is much better than using a hard drive for the operating system. I have two new 250GB ssd's that will installed in a raid0 configuration in my EP45-UD3P system in several days. Even though the the raid0 performance will be about twice as high, I don't expect the raid0 performance to be noticeably better except when I'm doing intensive photo manipulation.

    Raid0 benchmark using 2 x 250GB Crucial BX100 ssd's:





    Single BX100 250GB benchmark as a secondary data disk:
    thanks for answer.
    regarding SO i'll perform a fresh installation on SSD.

    ty again

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    Default Re: SSD on GA-P55A-UD3

    You're welcome.

    Before you do a fresh O/S install on your ssd, you should first enable AHCI mode in the bios.

    To avoid MBR (Master Boot Record) problems, do not have any other ssd's or hard drives installed in your system while installing win7.
    After the O/S is installed, you can then connect additional drives.

    For existing setups, the following information is good to know:

    AHCI mode is better than IDE mode.

    Post an AS SSD benchmark result with your current hard drive installed.
    This will tell us if you are currently using AHCI mode.
    If you are using IDE mode, you will need to make a change in the windows registry to enable AHCI mode.

    Sample AS_SSD benchmark showing that msahci mode is used:
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
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    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
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    Default Re: SSD on GA-P55A-UD3

    A web search using: Marvell 9128 controller ssd performance provides useful information.

    Many of the links compare the native Intel sata2 performance with the Marvell 9128 sata3 performance.
    The results were even worse (with the 9128 ports) than I remembered.

    If you don't want to read a lot of the links, at least check out: Is the onboard Marvell SE9128 really *THIS* bad? - AnandTech Forums

    Check out Does Windows 7 have AHCI drivers at install - Windows 7 Help Forums for some straight forward information when installing windows 7.

    Let us know how everything turns out or if you have any more questions.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
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    Default Re: SSD on GA-P55A-UD3

    I'll connect the SSD on defaul SATA Intel port , activate RAPID option from Samsung magician application and now win 7 64 start in 1 min :)

    so thanks all for the help

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    Default Re: SSD on GA-P55A-UD3

    These are my AS SSD benchmarks using my P35 motherboards:

    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
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    Default Re: SSD on GA-P55A-UD3

    Boy you weren't kidding, profJim. The Marvell ports are supposed to be SATA III??
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